Monday, August 18, 2014

“Art or Sound” at Fondazione Prada curated by Germano Celant

The Fondazione Prada presents “Art or Sound”, a rich exhibition curated by Germano Celant, at Ca’ Corner della Regina in Venice and featuring works by Joseph Beuys, Janet Cardiff, Martin Creed, Tarek Atoui, Pedro Reyes etc. Conceived as an investigation of past and present times, “Art or Sound” explores the relationship between art and sound and the way it has developed from the 16th century to the present day. The exhibition sets out to investigate the relationship of symmetry and ambivalence that exists between works of art and sound objects. The intention is to offer a reinterpretation of the musical instrument that turns into a sculptural-visual entity and of the artworks that produce sound, in a continual encroachment and inversion of fields. It's fascinating !

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The Queen wallpaper by Andy Warhol

A bit of Queen is always good! 

Gustave Courbet at the Beyeler Foundation

The Foundation Beyeler presents an exhibition devoted to Gustave Courbet from 7th September 2014. Featuring self-portraits, seascapes and female figures, the exhibition will highlight Courbet’s innovative use of colour. Other themes of the exhibition include the break with academic tradition and the development of Realism in art, Courbet’s revolutionary impasto painting technique, which expressed his individuality as an artist, and his playful treatment of traditional motifs and symbols. 

I received the invitation earlier this week and I have to say that it's brilliant! 

RIP Lauren Bacall

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Want: Manebi Espadrilles


Wild Palms Espadrilles made of printed cotton canvas, Manebi. 

Monday, August 11, 2014

Nicolas Nybro Spring - Summer 2015 collection presented at the Copenhagen Fashion Week

Robert Motherwell exhibition presented at the National Gallery of Australia

Robert Motherwell, Burning elegy 1991. Lithograph. National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. Purchased with the assistance of the Orde Poynton Fund 2002© Robert Motherwell/VAGA.

The National Gallery of Australia presents an exhibition of Motherwell's works until 6 October 2014. Motherwell's abstractions were not simply aesthetically pleasing forms and colours, but related to the world in some way or other, though he chose never to illustrate, or depict, preferring rather to evoke or suggest. He adopted various methods in his art practice. Inspired by the Surrealists and their notion of automatism, he would spontaneously draw his imagery on a sheet or a canvas. Motherwell also adopted the technique of collage, the most radical form of drawing developed in the twentieth century, which generated the Modernist styles of Cubism, Dada and Surrealism, and later the Neo Dada and Pop styles from the 1950s onwards. Both automatism and collage were methods that allowed Motherwell to remain creative and unleash his repertoire of imagery.

Tate Britain welcomes home John Everett Millais's Ophelia

Tate Britain’s major Pre-Raphaelite works including John Everett Millais’s Ophelia 1851-2 and Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s The Beloved 1865-6 have gone back on display at the museum last Friday. How exciting to see these works return to Tate Britain following an international tour to the US, Russia, Japan and Italy where they were seen by over 1.1 million people. 

Millais’s Ophelia was one of the founding works in Tate’s collection. Depicting the drowning Ophelia from Shakespeare’s play Hamlet, the painting was regarded in its day as one of the most accurate and elaborate studies of nature ever made. The background was painted from life on the bank of the Hogsmill River in Surrey and the model was Elizabeth Siddall who posed for the painting in a bath of water kept warm by lamps underneath. 

Penelope Curtis, Director, Tate Britain said: ‘It has been fascinating to see how popular the Pre-Raphaelites have been in different international contexts and how they resonate with other cultures. It is great to welcome them back and to be able to integrate them into our permanent displays again.’ 

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Philippe Levy : Rock etc.

The first monograph by rock photographer Philippe Levy is out and features 150 photographs of icons such as Nirvana, Henry Rollins, Björk, Tricky! 

Remembering the beautiful Marilyn Monroe - Screen Test - Something's Got To Give (1962)

Pace London presents Today's Specials

Sarah Lucas, Chicken Knickers, 1997, c - type print, 42.5 cm x 42.5 cm (16-3/4" x 16-3/4"), © Sarah Lucas, courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London

With the multiplication of food imagery in today’s media - whether it be the growing number of cuisine blogs, cooking television programmes and amateur gastronomic social media channels - Today’s Specials, an exhibition of mixed-media works presented at Pace London, 6 Burlington Gardens, explores the relationship between contemporary artists and food, and examines the depiction and significance of eating habits in the 20th and 21st centuries. 

The exhibition takes a satirical look at the way society represents, consumes and obsesses over food. Don't miss it ! Running until 6 September.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Tate video - Unlock Art: A Brief History of Art Undressed

"Art Everywhere" went live today

Art Everywhere US Times Square rendering, featuring Chuck Close’s Phil (1969, Whitney Museum of AmericanArt, New York, © Chuck Close) and Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks (1942, The Art Institute of Chicago, Friends of American Art Collection)

Today, 50,000 digital and static displays of American art pieces were unveiled in 50 states of the US — billboards on city streets and rural highways, displays on bus shelters and subway platforms, dioramas in airports, videos in health clubs, trailers in movie theaters and more— officially marking the start of Art Everywhere US. 

 The 58 images, which span 230 years of American art, are drawn from the collections of five major museums across the country—the Art Institute of Chicago; the Dallas Museum of Art; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA); the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. The museums have collaborated with the Outdoor Advertising Association of America (OAAA) and its members to present Art Everywhere US with the co-operation of artists, estates, foundations, and rights agencies. 


Monday, August 4, 2014

Jon Pestoni at Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago

Jon Pestoni, Golden, 2014

Want: beautiful Paul Smith tie

Matteo Muci's short film features 20th century's classic houses

Le Corbusier's Villa Savoye and Mies van der Rohe's Farnsworth House are among the five iconic houses featured in this short, cool and colourful animated film by Italian designer Matteo Muci.

"Having to make a video of only a few minutes I had to make a choice between many works," he told Dezeen. "I think I have chosen the ones that can really be defined as masterpieces of design, the ones that even a layman can recognise and appreciate."

This is a good way to rediscover these classics! 

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Want: Adidas by Raf Simons

Beautiful Lee Miller

Richard Avedon People, exhibition presented by Art Gallery of Western Australia, in Perth

Richard Avedon People celebrates the work of American photographer Richard Avedon (1923 to 2004). With work from 1949 to 2002, the exhibition offers an in-depth overview of Avedon’s achievements in the art of black and white portraiture photography. In the show, instantly recognisable and influential artists, celebrities, and political activists including Truman Capote, Elizabeth Taylor, Twiggy, Malcolm X, and Bob Dylan are presented alongside portraits of the unknown or long forgotten. Running until 17 November. 

R.I.P Creative Genius Harun Farocki

The Collection Lambert presents The Disappearance of the Fireflies, in Avignon

Markus Schinwald, Ivy, 2008, oil on canvas, collection Enea Righi

Don't miss the spectacular exhibition presented by the Collection Lambert, and staged in the Sainte Anne prison, in Avignon. The Collection had to temporarily relocate to this interesting venue while renovating its former space and get ready for its big opening.

Pasolini's "Firefly article" published in Corriere della Serra on 1 February 1975 which shed light on the disappearance of fireflies in 1960's Italy due to water pollution - a metaphor for the shift of Culture towards spectacle - serves as the basis of this exhibition. It features contemporary art pieces by artists such as Vik Muniz, Kiki Smith, Adam Pendleton, Nan Goldin, Jean Genet, Joseph Beuys and many other prestigious artists. 

It's dark, dazzling and striking! The show remains on view until 25th November. 

Kiki Smith, Girl with Globe, 1998, installation, courtesy Galleria Raffaella Cortese
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